This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible. For the purposes of BGA Extra (but not BGA, since that is too early in the week), we also review the coaches film. Statistics from PFF which are not available to subscribers were used in the completion of this article and we thank them for providing us with exclusive access to these.

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from Bent's Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the Bucs. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

BenNevisI agree that Cromartie looked bad during a number of plays, but to what extent to do you think the game plan (to stop the run) contributed to Jackson's success and Cro's woes? In other words, do you think the game plan dictated the soft coverage that allowed VJ to get separation on Cro?

Definitely having him leave a bit of a cushion was gameplan-related. As you'll note, I mentioned a trap coverage late in the game where Wilson dropped off from the slot to the outside receiver and Cromartie dropped off, so to some extent that was an established tendency. Cromartie doesn't get off the hook that easily though, he completely missed his jam at the line on one third down conversion and was beaten easily on the 40-yarder, again failing to slow him down with legal contact - this time off the line of scrimmage.

LabeasySo what is the thought on Kyle Wilson? I always thought he was decent but yesterday noticed that people were bashing him. Am I missing something?

Wilson has been somewhat of a disappointment having been drafted in the first round three years ago and isn't the most popular player on the team. People get frustrated with him getting confused between man/zone assignments, failing to turn his head around and celebrating on plays where he was beaten but the pass was off the mark. He's improved his physicality since he was a rookie, but sometimes overdoes it. In the game, he was targeted three times and all three were incomplete, but again, he may have been a bit lucky on one or two of those. Strip away the first round expectations though and he's a solid third or fourth cornerback, one of a handful on the active roster. It's important that he's as good in the slot, because Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster are better on the outside.

Disgruntled Jets FanAny thoughts on Marty's playcalling?

It's a little early to know which plays will be staples of the offense and therefore to make too much of a big deal over play selection. It's also too early to get a read on where tendencies will be developed and what plays they can make to capitalize on those. I wasn't overly frustrated with or enthused about the playcalling, but I was pleased with the execution. In terms of specific plays, I liked the quick third down throw to Powell in the flat. While a lot of people criticized the Kerley toss play because it failed, I didn't think it was a bad idea - just well defended. That play came after Kerley suffered his head injury, so it's possible he might have made a better read with a clear head.

The gameplan was a little conservative, but I'm absolutely fine with that. They probably haven't fully installed everything yet - or at least were working on a tailored gameplan.

tishIt was obvious that both teams concentrated on shutting down the run and each was very effective. How much of the Jets' running difficulties appeared to be the result of ineffective OL play vs. excellent D?

As I alluded to in the article, you can never really know whether you were stopped by a top-level defense or you have issues of your own until a few games into the season. However, even though they lost Michael Bennett in the offseason, the Bucs' record from last year speaks for itself and the fact Gerald McCoy was so disruptive is perhaps less concerning when you consider that he did this to everyone last year and that there aren't many like him in the league. The line does need to develop chemistry, but that was the case early in the season over the last few years too.

Big ChrisI was at the game and on a number of different pass plays, particularly in the first half, it looked like Geno had a few opportunities to take a shot down the field and either didn't see the open receiver or elected not to throw it. When you get the coaches film could you shed some more light into the passing game and the kind of chunk plays this offense will need to be successful?

Yes, from watching the film, I saw examples of him seeing an opportunity but not taking the risk, failing to see the opportunity and well-schemed plays where the deep routes acted as a clear-out for the underneath options.

Fancy some examples?

First off, here's Jeff Cumberland running a post pattern down the middle. The defender, on his heels slightly, wasn't able to get across in time, so it was worth a throw down the middle and probably not very risky. Smith is looking at this, but opts to scramble straight ahead for three. He might have got more than that by dumping the ball to the right flat too.

This is the play where Smith scrambled for 13. As you can see, Clyde Gates is running a crossing route and is waving for the ball at the 21 yard line with nobody on him. While Smith picked up the first down, had he been able to look up and see Gates, it should have been an easy throw for a touchdown.

This isn't a downfield pass, but serves as an example of Smith not always taking the best option. He doesn't see Holmes open in the slot for an easy 5-10 yards, maybe more if he can break a tackle, instead opting to throw to the outside receiver (Gates) who is blanketed by Revis.

Finally, Stephen Hill does a great job of avoiding the jam here at the snap and is pretty much open from the get-go. However, Smith is aware that there's a safety in the middle of the field. He instead throws down the middle to Kerley who almost makes a tough catch.

WW85How many times did we throw deep?

According to the NFL definition of "deep", Smith was 4-for-8 for 86 yards and threw deep one other time on the Cumberland penalty. However, on throws more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, he was 0-for-2 (his first completion, to Kerley and his last to Winslow were his longest throws, but these were both caught less than 20 yards downfield.)

'NYCPE'inGermanyIf you treat last night's QB rushing stats as if it were a college game (subtract the sack yardage the Bucs had from Geno's rushing total), how many yards would he have been credited with and what would his YPA have been? Trying to see if his rushing output last night - if treated as they do in college - were comparable to his college rushing stats.

He would have had 11 carries and five yards - less than a half-yard per carry.

jetsfan74It would also be interesting to see a snap count breakdown of which receivers Revis covered.

Cumberland = 1 snap, Gates = 7, Hill = 8, Holmes = 27, Kerley = 6, Powell = 1, Smith = 2, Spadola = 3

BleedsGreen&WhiteIs Tone in someones doghouse? He didn't play much.

He actually made some comments about that today, although they were somewhat contradictory. He basically said he wanted to play more but was glad that they won, so it didn't matter. Then he also said he doesn't expect to play as much when Kerley is healthy so he isn't sure that will happen tomorrow. He played 44 snaps.

a57se How did Howard start the season last year?

He struggled badly at the start of the year. Cameron Wake beat him outside over and over again. However, he really turned a corner from that point onwards.

Gang Green CaptainI want a gif of Colon blocking them 3 guys NOW! NOW NOW NOW

Your wish is my command. I think this is my best work...

1/12/69-OrangeBowlI thought Gates would be more of a factor in this game and also moving forward. I wasn't at the game, just got the TV view. I'd like to know if Gates created separation and got open, or was he covered well?

You'll note from the examples above that he was open on one play and well-covered on another. There was one other play where the announcers highlighted him running open on a post pattern and calling for the ball, but Smith did not make the throw. I guess we should expect a bigger role with Kerley out.

canizare1

It seemed to me during the game that Geno may have been playing overly cautious. He seemed to be somewhat tentative going to his first read and was generally trying to either check down, or buy himself time so he would have a clear lane to make a throw from someone finding space during a scramble situation rather than make a rhythm/timing throw. Did you happen to notice this? Was the Bucs coverage that tight or was he trying to make sure he avoided mistakes?

As shown from the examples above, there were some gaps in their defense that he was unable to exploit, but I'm sure that he was being cautious as you described and that this was part of the gameplan.

ReprocityWas Revis playing man or zone more and did they run any crossing routes or comeback routes at him? I thought the quick slants worked to his favor since it's such a short pass. Were there more challenging routes they could have ran at him?

He played a little of both. I don't blame them for going after the quick slants, because as long as you account for anyone dropping off it's usually a safe throw where you can see whether the receiver is open or not. That's certainly somewhere that Revis has given up yardage in the past. Even though he's one of the best at covering it, that's one of the higher percentage and tougher to cover routes out there. They forced Revis to run at times, but were reluctant to test him down the field, as anticipated. They could have tested him more, but I think they were more than happy to just run a few safe passes in his direction just to ensure the Bucs couldn't be certain they weren't avoiding him altogether.

NewSCThink they will start rotating in Winters as they did with Vlad last season? Also wondering, were there any runs outside the hashes, other than the Kerley wildcat? I don't recall seeing any.

Based on what I saw in preseason, Winters simply isn't ready and would get eaten alive. However, hopefully he will improve over time and make up for the time he lost and any physical effects from his injury that slowed his progress, so maybe this will happen at some point. I doubt they would want him to enter his second season with no experience at all, so it will be interesting to see what happens if they are involved in some blowouts or if they fall out of contention.

The ran four times off-tackle, for 19 yards. Two of these were runs which started off outside and then cut back and one started off up the middle and was bounced outside.

a57seDid MM keep the running plays the Jets have done best on over the last couple seasons or did he scrap the old completely?

I believe it was Brandon Moore who once said that pretty much every team in the league runs variations of the same five basic running plays. The Jets used the "blast" play, which was a staple of the Jets running game under Schottenheimer and was also used under Sparano, extensively in preseason. I haven't seen them run the "swerve" yet though.

M_SlenderI'm not sure if it was visible on tv, but being at the game we saw a lot of plays where it seemed like to us, there were open receivers downfield and Smith didn't see them or didn't throw to them for whatever reason. is this something that you can review?

See the examples higher up.

Phil TI know this all about the Jets, but I am curious on how many snaps did Revis play? I believe it was 50-60%.

55. He was rested on 22. What a slouch.

jetsfan74Can you tell us how often Geno faced 8 in the box? I'm guessing they were focused on stopping the run. Where they moving a safety down? Is that why the middle of the field seemed to be where Geno was completing his "longer" passes, and is why Winslow had a great game?

No, I would attribute that mostly to them drawing the safeties out of the middle by running clear-out routes.

Out of 77 snaps, the Bucs had a safety in the box (within eight yards of the line of scrimmage) on 31. They also had a safety covering up on the slot man (therefore in better position to help with the run) on another six.

a57seWhat was their longest drive? I don't think they moved the ball more then 40 yards on any one drive...

The three field goal drives went 55, 65 and 50 yards. The touchdown drive was only 31 yards, but they went backwards on their first play, so they actually had to travel 49 yards from that point.

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

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For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Jets have consistently said they don't want to throw their No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold into the fire this season. Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't understand why. 

Simms looks at Darnold's situation as being the potential Jets savior at quarteback. In turn, he needs to get on his feet and hit the ground running. 

"He'll fit in fine," Simms told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday. "If I was the Jets, I would play him from Day 1. That's just me. Start him. Let's go. Got a long offseason, training camp, preseason games. They probably won't [start Darnold in Week 1].

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Namath talks Darnold 00:01:07
New York Jets legend Joe Namath shares his thoughts on the team's rookie QB Sam Darnold, and what lies ahead for the new signal caller.

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath spoke Tuesday about the recently-drafted Sam Darnold and whether starting him this season should be on the table.

"First of all, anybody that is starting on that field has to have convinced their teammates that he's worthy to start," Namath said. "And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that's gonna be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues -- pro football -- is different than college football."

While Namath thinks Darnold and any rookie has a lot to prove, he believes he should be out there if he shows he's ready.

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is confident Sam Darnold is the answer his team's decade-long quarterback question.

Johnson was present at BTIG Charity Day, where he appeared for the Lupus Research Alliance, on Tuesday. He had some strong words about his No. 3 overall pick, saying the moment Darnold's name was called, it was the start to the Jets' revival.

"I honestly think (people) are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear -- that they became a new team," he told reporters.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets announced they have signed K Taylor Bertolet, while waiving CB Bryson Keeton

Bertolet was a tryout at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. The Texas A&M product spent time with the LA Rams in training camp last season. In his senior year back in 2015, Bertolet was a perfect 38-for-38 in extra-point attempts and 22-for-31 (71 percent) in field goals.

The Jets now have three kickers on their current roster with Cairo Santos and Nick Rose to compete with Bertolet at camp. 

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets selected defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd with their lone Day 2 pick in the 2018 draft. Shepherd, who attended Fort Hays State University, raised his stock throughout the offseason and was selected by the Jets 72nd overall. Let's consider his strengths and weaknesses and how the Jets might use him in 2018.

Shepherd is expected to be raw, having only played college football at Division II schools. That's a concern for a player who took a circuitous path to the NFL and will turn 25 during his rookie season.

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed two draft picks and two undrafted free agents on Sunday.

Defensive end Folorunso Fatukasi and defensive back Parry Nickerson, both sixth-round picks, and linebackers Frankie Luvu and Anthony Wint, agreed to terms with New York as the Jets begin minicamp.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports on the impressions of Sam Darnold at the Jets minicamp and Jeane Coakley speaks with Todd Bowles about the young QB.

Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg has apparently made major changes to his throwing motion in an attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career.

He just never bothered telling his current team about his plans.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Sam Darnold fumbled the first snap of team drills on his first two days in a Jets uniform, and he fumbled five snaps overall. That was eye-opening because he had some fumbling issues at USC that were a cause for concern for some.

But get over it. It was the first two days of an NFL career that likely will last more than a decade and he was working with a tryout center who's NFL career will likely be over by Sunday afternoon. In the bigger picture, there was a lot to like about the Jets' 20-year-old franchise quarterback who looked poised, accurate and showed off a strong arm throughout the weekend...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's not Sam Darnold, but it's a start: Jets sixth-round draft pick RB Trenton Cannon signs his rookie deal, the first of the team's draft picks to do so. 

Cannon, who played his college ball at Virginia State, led the CIAA (Division II) in rushing after posting 1,638 yards on 212 attempts (148.9 per game). He also scored 17 touchdowns, which led his Trojan team. 

"I'm feeling good, just settling on in," said Cannon, via Jets official site. "Right now I'm getting into the playbook, learning the plays."

Cannon adds running back depth to Gang Green, who lost Matt Forte to retirement. He joins a running backs room that is led by Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire

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The Jets today announced that they had signed seven undrafted free agents, so let's take a look into what each of them brings to the table...

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